2008 Kia Spectra Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2008 Kia Spectra
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2008 Kia Spectra ProblemsSoftware Update Available Which May Correct Transmission Issues
Reprogramming the transmission control module with the latest Kia transmission software may fix abnormalities in the automatic transmission and erroneous transmission-related Check Engine Light illumination. Software updates are commonly most effective on newer vehicles. Higher mileage vehicles may exhibit a similar symptom caused by a component failure. However, whenever major transmission repairs are performed the transmission software should be checked and updated as necessary.
The original alternator was incapable of supplying sufficient power to the battery when the engine was idling with electrical loads (lights, air conditioning). A new, more powerful alternator and reprogramming of the powertrain computer will commonly correct this problem.
The Check Engine Light may erroneously illuminate, signifying a fault with the front oxygen sensor when no fault exists. Replacing the electrical connections at the oxygen sensor with a repair kit available from Kia will commonly fix this problem.
2008 Kia Spectra Questionskey will not turn completely off, and will not come out of the ignition.....why? (1 answer)
After minor front end damage, the key will not shut off completely, and key is stuck in the ignition, which is causing the clock to stay lit, and afraid the battery will die. Is there any way to lock the ignition, and remove key??? The car will not lock as long as the key is in the on position wi...
Often on my 2008 Kia Spectra the air only blows
when I bang on the compressor. I've already clean
the filter and checked out the compressor it seems
to be working great when I put it back together
shortly after the same problem is there.
It won't pass emissions I replaced the o2sensor throttle body mission sensor and the iac
And drove it 500 miles and still won't go online